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With all due respect to the continued dominance of
Nunes, the most intriguing action at UFC
250 occurred in the bantamweight division.
In one featured bout, Aljamain
Sterling solidified his place as the top contender in waiting
with a first-round submission of the previously third-ranked
Sandhagen. As a result, “Funk Master” jumps from fifth to No. 3
in our latest 135-pound rankings, while his vanquished opponent
falls to No. 5. Unfortunately for Sterling, he’ll have to wait on
the battle for the vacant bantamweight crown between Jose Aldo and
Yan to get his title opportunity.
Garbrandt announced his return to contention in emphatic
fashion with a highlight-reel knockout of Raphael
Assuncao in Saturday’s co-main event. Previously unranked, the
former champion returns to the bantamweight poll at seventh, while
Assuncao falls from fourth to eighth.
Elsewhere, Alex Perez
made a statement at flyweight with a leg-kick TKO of Jussier
Formiga in the opening round of their preliminary bout. Perez
ascends from ninth to the No. 6 spot at 125 pounds, while Formiga —
mired in a three-bout skid — drops to No. 7.
And of course, there is Nunes, who maintained her stranglehold on
the top of the featherweight division with a lopsided decision win
Spencer in the UFC 250 headliner. “Lioness” is currently No. 1
in three Sherdog.com polls — 145 pounds, 135 pounds and
pound-for-pound — and has no clear-cut challenger in sight.